Hefting my backpack up the stairs at Moberly Lodge, I entered my room, tucked under the eaves. When I walked to the balcony and flung open the door, the mountains — illuminated by the late afternoon sun — were waiting.
I was road-tripping across the Kootenay-Rockies region of eastern British Columbia, where one range of mountains leads to another and another. My home for the night was this cozy log lodge, crafted from massive timbers on a quiet forested road in the town of Golden, with up-close views of the nearby peaks.
Here’s the scoop:
About Moberly Lodge
Lucille Hayward and her husband Jonathan took over Moberly Lodge several years ago, after relocating from the UK, and they’re warm, welcoming hosts.
The property is decorated with classic Canadiana, from the snowshoes hanging above the massive stone fireplace in the Great Room where guests can lounge, to the Muskoka chairs (which Americans know as Adirondack chairs) out on the lawn.
Guests can take their breakfast in front of the fireplace, at one of the wooden dining tables, or out on the patio. And Lucille takes breakfast seriously, setting up a counter with coffee and a selection of teas, and serving a different hot dish daily.
During my stay, she prepared yogurt parfaits with mixed berry compote and granola, breakfast bagels layered with eggs, bacon, tomatoes, and spinach, and a refreshing salad of watermelon and fresh mint.
Guest Rooms and Amenities
The lodge’s several guest rooms are simple but well-designed, with sturdy wooden beds topped with down duvets, comfy reading chairs, bedside lamps, and Keurig coffeemakers. Wifi, available throughout the lodge, worked well.
The bathrooms are modern, and cozy bathrobes keep you warm on cool mountain mornings.
Opposite the main lodge are two two-story log cabins with living areas, kitchens, and loft-like sleeping spaces. While the lodge doesn’t accept children under 12, families with younger kids are welcome in the self-catering cabins.
Golden’s newest attraction, down the road from Moberly Lodge, is the Golden Skybridge, an adventure park featuring Canada’s highest suspension bridges, which stretch more than 400 feet above the floor of a jagged rock canyon.
Yoho National Park, with its spectacular Emerald Lake, Takakkaw Falls, and more than 250 miles of hiking trails, is east of town, while the peaks of Canada’s Glacier National Park are to the west. Within a two-hour drive, you can also reach Kootenay and Mount Revelstoke National Parks, as well as parts of Banff and Jasper National Parks on the Alberta side of the Canadian Rockies.
TIP: Ask Louise to recommend local hiking paths that are lesser-known than those in the popular national parks. She has lots of suggestions.
Golden sits at the confluence of the Kicking Horse and Columbia Rivers, so you can book rafting trips or river floats nearby as well.
But if you choose to sit on your terrace at Moberly Lodge, sipping your coffee while gazing out at the mountains, I certainly wouldn’t blame you.
Hotel feature by Vancouver-based travel, food, and feature writer Carolyn B. Heller. Photos © Carolyn B. Heller. Tourism Golden, in partnership with Moberly Lodge, arranged my stay for review purposes.